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December 28th, 2010
01:24 PM ET

Be in the know: Today's political bullet points

Everyday we ask influential politicos to send us their top three bullet points that are driving the day's conversation in and outside Washington.

RedState.Com Editor Erick-Woods Erickson:

– Is Michael Bloomberg able to clean up the snow this year? It seems the Department of Sanitation is moving slower than in years past. And if Bloomberg can't clean up the snow, is he really POTUS material?

– Democrats are plotting to kill the filibuster. The Senate GOP is plotting to make it as painful as possible. If the Democrats only need 51 votes for a Senate Rules change, the GOP has lots of rules to add.

– Jeb Bush for Florida Senate? Conservatives hope so.

Senior Political Columnist for John Avlon:

– Afghanistan turnaround? – There are signs that the tide is turning on the ground in Afghanistan as a result of General Petraeus’ strategic adjustments. The Haqqani network has been quieted as a result of increased raids by U.S. commandos, according to a New York Times story. It comes at a time when liberals and conservatives are increasingly vocal about withdrawal. The catch is that the revised 2014 withdrawal date has been pivotal in fueling the shift.

– Lisa Murkowski in the Middle – Joe Miller may still be pushing ahead with a court case, but Lisa Murkowski emerged as a key center-right vote in areas like DADT and the START treaty in the lame duck. Along with Scott Brown, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, she’s at the heart of a new centrist block that will be essential to passing legislation in the new Congress.

– Budget Fights Brewing – With the omnibus spending bill punted to the spring over earmark anger and a debt ceiling vote looming around the same time, the opening of the new Congress will be all about fiscal discipline. Senator Tom Coburn’s already taking to the airwaves to warn of ‘apocalyptic pain’ if spending isn’t reigned in. The good news is that both the conservative Coburn and the liberal Dick Durbin signed on to the Simpson-Bowles’ deficit commission recommendations. Could it be a sign of potential common ground?

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